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Notorious hacking group Anonymous targeted Virgin Media yesterday, to protest the blocking of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. The attack forced the internet service provider to take its website offline for one hour. Around the time of the attack, a Twitter account which has been linked to the group read:
#Anonymous have just taken down #VirginMedia website again because of their involvement in the #Censorship of The Pirate Bay #TPB #OpTPB
— Anonymous UK (@AnonUK) May 8, 2012
Virgin Media began preventing access to the site after a ruling from the High Court last month. Tweets from other accounts also suggested that TalkTalk had been targeted by Anonymous, though this has not been confirmed.
Virgin Media’s electronic programme guide took offence at a range of inoffensive words at the weekend. Alfred Hitchcock became Alfred Hitchc**k, as Jarvis C**ker was subject to the same treatment. A**enal and Charles D**kens were also deemed too offensive for viewers. A Virgin Media spokesperson told the Guardian: “Over the weekend a temporarily over-zealous profanity checker took offence at certain programme titles. The altered titles have been swiftly an*lysed and we’re fixing any remaining glitches.” Viewers were quick to notice, posting pictures of the c**k up online.